God could easily give you grain and fruit without your plowing and planting. But He does not want to do so. Neither does He want your plowing and planting alone to give you grain and fruit; but you are to plow and plant and then ask His blessing and pray: “Now let God take over; now grant grain and fruit, dear Lord! Our plowing . . .
We must earnestly and diligently study the Word of God and pray not simply that we may learn to know the Will of God, but that we may be filled with it and always walk in His way and continue in it, and so seek strength and comfort.
Martin Luther, Sermon on the Twenty-fourth Sunday After Trinity, 1536
The accusation made about Jesus is that He mixes with the wrong kind of people. He has friends that respectable people would be ashamed to be seen with. It is not even as if He can keep these friends hidden away in a different world; some of them follow him around, and the circles begin to overlap. He recognizes that how rich . . .
Josemaria Escriva on little things
Mother Teresa on success and fidelity
Anselm on salvation, Christ, and resurrection
O Christian soul, soul raised up from grievous death, soul redeemed and freed by the blood of God from wretched bondage: arouse your mind, remember your resurrection, contemplate your redemption and liberation. Consider anew where and what the strength of your salvation is, spend time in meditating upon this strength, delight . . .